Preparing to Evacuate:
- Your Mayor or County Judge will make the call for your jurisdiction to evacuate.
- Ensure your vehicle is ready for the trip and you have packe your emergency kit.
- During hurricane season, coastal residents should never operate their vehicles with less than half a tank of fuel.
- Secure your home before leaving. Take your pets with you.
- Know your evacuation routes and take a map with you.
- Local officials will stagger the evacuation to keep traffice moving. Wait your turn to leave.
Where to Go:
- Make reservations as soon as possible for hotels or motels.
- For major cities, the local Convention and Visitors Center can usually provide you information on hotels and motels. In smaller towns, the local Chamber of Commerce can generally tell you what accomodations are available.
- Let your family and friends know where you can be reached.
- Make sure you choose an alternative destination in the event you are unable to get to your first choice.
Public shelters provide temporary housing for evacuees. Most shelters do not have beds or cots, so pack as if you were going camping. Bring:
- Sleeping pads or air mattresses
- Blankets or a sleeping bag for each person
- Robe and shower shoes
- Books, cards, games, and quiet toys for children.
- Note that alcoholic beverages, weapons, and drugs are not allowed in public shelters.